I love summer. I didn’t always, but that’s because I didn’t know how to adapt my beauty routine to survive the boiling temperatures and air so thick you could cut it. Luckily, I learned some pretty great tricks to survive the summer heat, and now, all winter I long for a cold brew by the pool.
Still, summer humidity means breakouts and oily skin and there’s nothing more unattractive than when someone can see their reflection on your forehead. Today is Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, so I figured I might as well share some of my favorite summer beauty tips to help you beat the heat. So keep reading for some of the best tips for summertime makeup, skin, and hair to keep you free of shine and frizz all summer long.
Summer Makeup Tips
I live in Georgia and to say it gets “hot as Hell” is not an exaggeration. Add the 95% humidity on top of the 100+ degree weather, and you’ve really got no choice but to change the way you wear makeup. I learned the hard way, and I want to make sure you don’t have to.
I’ve been “that girl” — the girl with the full face of makeup at an outdoor summer sports event. Yeah. It sucked. I made the mistake of going to an Atlanta Braves game in the middle of August. Our seats were awful and we baked in direct sunlight for hours. (Baseball games are soooo long!) I could feel my face melting. My only solution was to chug as many 16 ounce Yuenglings as I could and try to forget about it, but that plan was shot down when I saw the ballpark price for beer was $12.
So, I learned my lesson, and made the necessary changes to my makeup routine. Learn from my mistakes and follow these simple rules to avoid suffering from “melted face syndrome”.
1. Less is More
The first rule is to apply less makeup than normal. There’s a good chance that your summertime skin already has a gorgeous glow so a good tinted moisturizer may be all you need. Not to mention, humidity and heat cause your pores to open up and the more makeup you have caked on, the more clogged your pores will be, leading to… you guessed it, more breakouts. It’s a vicious cycle, but you can avoid it by simply wearing lighter makeup.
2. Take Your Time
Apply makeup of any kind (foundation, blush, eye makeup) in several thin layers that you can build onto, if necessary. Doing this instead of applying one thick layer will help your skin breathe, and you’ll likely end up using less product.
3. Use the Sunlight
You’ll also want to apply your makeup in natural light, if possible. The longer days means more time in daylight, so it’s important you use appropriate lighting. If possible, do your makeup while facing a window with the blinds and curtains drawn to give the best light.
4. Battle Greasy Skin with Blotting Papers
In this part of the world, blotting papers are a must to survive summer’s brutal humidity. If you start looking slick & shiny, don’t reach for a heavy powder. Just use one of these helpful blotting papers to soak up any unwanted oil. They’re affordable and they work. My favorites are Palladio’s Oil Absorbing Rice Tissues, $3.99 or Clean & Clear Clear Touch Oil-Absorbing Sheets, $5.99.
Here’s a secret: If you’re out and don’t have any blotting papers, you can use a paper toilet seat cover. You might think it’s gross, but it is essentially the exact same thing.
5. Survive Smears & Smudges with Waterproof Makeup
Waterproof eye makeup is always your best bet, but if you hate struggling to remove it, you may want to try water-resistant formulas. These may not stand up if you’re going deep sea fishing or scuba diving, but they will stand up against sweat and humidity, so you won’t have to worry about your lashes smudging at all.
Summer Body & Skin Tips
From excessive sweating to painful, blistering sunburns, your body needs special attention during the summertime, too. After years of sunburns and not listening to the advice of millions, I finally see the importance of taking care of your skin and body. Keep reading for some helpful summertime tips to keep your skin healthy, glowing and gorgeous.
6. Say No to Tanning
I’m certainly not the first to say this, and I won’t be the last: Don’t go to the tanning bed! For years, we’ve heard medical professionals warn us of the dangers of tanning, and if you’re still not listening, you will eventually regret it. Consequences range from life-threatening skin cancer to prematurely aged, leather-like skin. Save yourself from the dangers of tanning and instead, invest in some fake bake methods.
In the last decade, sunless tanners have significantly improved. From spa spray tans to at-home applications, it’s highly unlikely anyone will notice the difference.
Currently, my absolute favorite sunless tanner is TARTE Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face & Body Self Tanner, $39. The application is simple, and with the immediate bronzing effect, you’re able to tell where you’ve already applied, making steaky tans obsolete. I bought my first bottle about 45 days ago, and I’ve applied it three times so far, and there’s plenty left in the bottle. The tan also lasts around 7-10 days. The price, the finished look, and the length of wear makes it much better option than a spa spray tan, in my opinion. Read my full review of Tarte’s sunless tanner here!
7. Combat Sweat
To help fight sweat, you’ll want to apply your deodorant at night since deodorant and antiperspirants are absorbed better while you sleep. You can also apply after a shower, but try this trick first: Turn your blow dryer to the coolest setting and blow cool air on your underarm area to do way with any excess moisture to ensure as much of your deodorant or antiperspirant is absorbed.
If you have some serious sweat issues, don’t be ashamed. Instead, try this: After applying your antiperspirant at night, cover the area with plastic wrap to lock the formula in place. This will help your sweat ducts absorb the antiperspirant and cause it to work much better throughout the day. Reapply the next morning.
I’ll have to write a blog post about this, but I made the switch from antiperspirant to all natural deodorant. I now use Tom’s of Maine All Natural Deodorant. It took a while for my body to get used to it, but it was worth the switch for my long-term health.
Summer Haircare Tips
Your hair needs some special attention in the summertime. These tips will help protect your hair from the harmful UV rays, damaging chemicals, and salt build-up from days on the beach.
8. Wear a Hat or Wrap Your Hair
The sun can severely damage your hair and leave you with broken, brittle, and dry ends. To protect your luscious locks, consider wearing a fashionable wide brim hat pool or oceanside. Not only will you be protecting your hair from the sun’s harmful rays, you’ll also be protecting your face and chest (the most commonly exposed parts of your body) from sun damage. Not into the idea of a hat? Then wrap your hair in a cute silk wrap.
9. Drench Your Hair with Water + Leave-In Conditioner
Just before taking a dip in the pool, hop in the shower and thoroughly wet your hair. Follow with a leave-in conditioner and don’t towel dry. Since hair acts like a sponge, wetting your hair before swimming helps prevent the absorption of chlorine into your hair’s shaft since it’s already been doused with chlorine and salt-free water.
10. Go Natural and Fight Frizz
Summer is the season to be free! Just like it’s best to wear less makeup, it’s important to spend less time heat styling your hair and applying heavy products. Instead, consider using something like Kevin Murphy’s Motion.Lotion. (In the photo to the right, I’m wearing Motion.Lotion on my beach vacation last year.) Motion.Lotion is a great product for creating luscious, natural waves in all hair types — even extremely fine, damaged hair. So, skip the straightener/curling iron and hair spray and be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment weekly to keep hair healthy and fight frizz. You can even apply your treatment poolside, comb it through, and throw your hair up into a bun. Then, lay out, soak up some Vitamin D, and let the treatment do it’s job. Not only will the treatment help, but laying off the heat styling will certainly help to rid your hair of annoying frizz.
Do you have any other summer beauty tips you want to share? Tell me in the comment section below!